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before midnight. jon karl is watching it all from capitol hill. the speaker says he'll try again today. >> reporter: he will. but, george, this debt ceiling crisis has become a political crisis for republicans. boehner's going to convene all 240 house republicans this morning to make 1 final push for it. but the reason he pulled the bill last night is he just couldn't get enough republicans to pass his own bill. republican leaders worked late into the night, trying to get the votes to pass their own debt ceiling bill. reporters swarmed around utah republican jason chaffetz as he emerged from a tense meeting in speaker boehner's office. he told us he's still not sure. how much pressure is there on you to change your mind on this? >> i'm very plenty surprised that they are not twisting and ripping arms off. >> reporter: the speaker said he can't do his job if you guys aren't there to support him. >> i am fully supportive of the speaker. >> reporter: this is his most important vote yet as speaker. >> i just can't support his bill. but i do support the speaker. >> reporter: but for speaker
jon karl who's been all over this story from the jump. jon, we've got the boehner plan and the reid plan. everybody in washington knows neither of these things can pass, so what, if anything, is being done right now to craft some sort of compromise? >> reporter: well, there are, as you heard jim mention, quiet negotiations going on between harry reid and mitch mcconnell. trying to find middle ground. mitch mcconnell has been on the phone several times, a many told, with vice president biden over the last several days. they are trying to find one last-ditch effort to get what everybody knows needs to happen, dan, and that is something that has bipartisan support. i got to tell you, though, the atmosphere is so poisoned here, the question is, once they get that agreement, can they pass it? >> well, let me pick up on that because there's been so much tough talk, even some trash talk, i wonder if there is another wiggle room rhetorically for r e hard-liners on either side to back down. >> reporter: well, i think there -- maybe not the hard-liners, but i think there actually is wiggle ro
've seen it on "the daily show," because jon stewart interviewed these incredibly creative ex-pats, these iranians. >> they try to jam us there, but it's got a great audience and they get us via satellite. but the best news we've had so far and we just announced it ed why, is they have 500,000 youtube friends. their material each week is downloaded. >> 500,000? i mean -- that's amazing. >> it is amazing, and that's great news for us. we also had a great deal of success during the egypt uprising. we have a network, this country has a network called alhura and they really came into their own during the events in cairo. we had about 25% of the audience there beating many times cnn and some of the other traditional networks. we also found that we could get messages through our television broadcasts to people on the street and tell them what was going on and tell them to go to our website and feed us video, feed us information, give us feedback so we could get that on television. >> how do you counteract the jamming? i know there's technology, but you've figured out ways so these m
are glad to see him come. >>> next up, where is the loyalty? a one-time chief of staff to jon huntsman has passed over his former boss and endorsed mitt romney. his reasoning -- he's uniquely positioned to beat barack obama. he broke the news it was a little awkward. >>> speaking of awkward, it was just personal. apparently in new jersey last week governor chris christie used his line-item veto to strike funding for certainly health and social programs. the reaction from steve sweeney -- i wanted to punch him in his head. you know who he reminds me you have? mr. potter from "it's a wonderful life." that's what senator convenery called him. they're a longtime bipartisan allies. they put out a statement yesterday while saying wheel sweeney's comments were disrespectful, christie stands ready to work with him going forward. >>> the number of women in congress dropped for the first time in 30 years. whatever reason, the new york rising star, senator kirsten jill brand wants to reverse that trend. she joints us next. you're watching "hardball," only on msnbc. >> he was a good-looking guy before
for jon huntsman. new polling puts the former ambassador at the back of the pack which could be why the white house seems to be focussing on a different exgovernor. at the bloomberg breakfast david, senior obama advisor took aim at mitt romney calling him a world class distortionist. i was sitting there at that breakfast. you don't expect direct answers to questions, but this was just tloup out there -- thrown out there. clearly they think that he is the guy to beat. >> i think there's no question that romney's stronger today than most i think professional class folks would have thought he would have been two months ago. the fundraising isn't as small as it was last cycle for romney it's stronger than the rest of the field. he's in strong position in new hampshire. he's the front runner. test hooth unbeatable. right now i don't think we have a candidate that's putting a strong challenge to romney. i think that's mie perry has a chance. >> if you talk to white house people they say it's an uncertain field. they don't know what rick perry is going to do. they don't know the michele ba
hampshire and herman cain is in ohio, and mitt romney and ron paul and jon huntsman will be in new hampshire and michele bachmann in iowa, and tim pawlenty will be in florida. so there are some impressions that none of them shop at tiffany's or at least one of them. >> well, if the primaries are about voters to commit to, right now they are on an awful lot of first dates. >> well, say i to thto them ton >> reporter: they say you don't get a second chance to make a first impression. >> lieutenant-commander of the navy. >> and your official number? >> 624787. >> it is time we had a president who cares. >> reporter: for presidential candidates that first impression is obvious made in the earliest campaign videos. >> hillary clinton has spent her life standing up for people others don't see. >> reporter: u it is how they want you to see them. >> george w. bush, a compassionate conservative leader. >> reporter: but they tell you about what type of candidate they will be and want to run on. >> i have great faith and hope about the future, because i believe in you. >> reporter: and in 2012, they ar
hampshire, pennsylvania. former massachusetts governor mitt romney and jon huntsman will be at the amherst 4th of july parade. romney is slated to walk ahead in the first section of the parade with huntsman in a later group pentagon. that order was only determined by the date when the candidate applications were received. so no innuendos. >> nothing to read into that. >> exactly. meanwhile, congressman michele bachmann who has been on a tour of iowa the entire weekend, as well as former house speaker newt gingrich, are scheduled to participate in the clearlake july 4th parade in iowa. and herman cane will end his day in new hampshire. he's going to throw out the first pitch for the new hampshire fisher cats. but he's going to sart off the day in philadelphia if an independence day tea party rally with former u.n. ambassador john bolton. >> pamela, quickly, i saw e-mails yesterday about a new candidate in the race. tell us about who this is. >> yes, we've got another gop presidential candidate to add to our list. the five-term michigan congressmaned that use mccotter announced on kat at the w
,000,000.20000000 dollars, the next four candidates according to these figures, tim pawlenty, ron paul, jon pawlenty, ron paul, jon huntsman, that does not even add up to 15 million. it is still seen as a slow money raising cycle? guest: because mitt romney had done the things that were necessary to get off to a fast start. relative to the rest of the field, however, when you look at this point in the 2008 cycle, mitt romney raised more than $20 million. rudy giuliani, $17 million. john mccain, the eventual nominee, $11 million. three big guns out front, competing against an open democratic field, we did not know that president obama's fund-raising operation would be the juggernaut that it turned out to be. at that point, with an unknown opponent, there was more fund- raising by individual candidates and folks using the gop nomination than we see at this point in a comparable cycle where we do know who the opponent is going to be. they know that money will be important and yet the numbers are substantially behind. it is disappointing. it has to be a letdown for the republican field. host: kenneth vogel w
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their stump speeches and focusing on the early primary states. mitd romney and jon huntsman both ramping up in new hampshire, even marching in the same parade in amherst yesterday. they're focusing early energy there instead of iowa where the more conservative michele bachmann and newt gingrich spent their fourth of july. and they walked in the same parade, too, in crystal lake, iowa. >> the patriotism of the american people will rise to the occasion and overcome these challenges. >> we're going to spend a lot of time at the vfw halls talking about those who are part of the greatest generation, and guess what, there's also another greatest generation coming up in this country. >> together we make a team that can't be beat. >> let's bring in our company, former governor ed rendell and editorial page editor for "the washington examiner," mark tapscott. gentlemen, good to see you. good morning. >> good morning. >> so the moderates are in new hampshire, the conservatives are in iowa. is it a coincidence, governor, or a strategy? >> no, it's a strategy. they'll meet in south carolina and florida
: stumping in the same parade but just a few minutes behind, another former mormon governor, jon huntsman of utah. he's been met with skepticism by some voters for what they see as socially moderate views and for having served as president obama's ambassador to china. today, determination. >> we can win new hampshire. i'm feeling good about this. >> reporter: other gop candidates flocked to iowa, where minnesota representative michele bachmann reached out in clear lake ahead of this state's straw poll. she's been making steady gains with voters. >> i'm so happy we were here and really focused. what we saw is incredible, concentrated support. >> reporter: it was another parade two-for with newt gingrich also in clear lake. the former house speaker is trying to rebuild his candidacy after much of his staff quit last month amidst reported strategic differences. the gop's sole african-american candidate, herman cain, is picking up speed. the former businessman shored up support in the battleground state of pennsylvania today. >> to paraphrase abraham lincoln, i will be a president of the peop
will not plan to go to iowa. that's questionable with mitt romney, the seeming front runner. jon huntsman has made it clear that he will not compete in iowa. he could be a formidable challenger. the question is will that steepen the victory for the people that come out of that state doing well or not? what inevitably happens in iowa is the person who comes out of that race comes out with a lot of momentum. what is important is not just the perception among voters, but the perception among donors. so what you will see is people cashing in on those victories. i think iowa is an important state no matter to compete staircase. how important it will be remains toe seen. host: kathy kiely is the politics managing editor. the numbers to call -- a story in "to "the huffington post" recently -- how does that play out in terms of candidates figuring out their strategy and carrying their message? guest: it plays out because this is one of the controversial aspects of our electi system. we use an electoral college system which makes certain states very important, states where the candidates know the batt
, the seeming front runner. jon huntsman has made it clear that he will not compete in iowa. he could be a formidable challenger. the question is will that steepen the victory for the people that come out of that state doing well or not? what inevitably happens in iowa is the person who comes out of that race comes out with a lot of momentum. what is important is not just the perception among voters, but the perception among donors. so what you will see is people cashing in on those victories. i think iowa is an important state no matter to compete staircase. how important it will be remains to be seen. host: kathy kiely is the politics managing editor. the numbers to call -- a story in "to "the huffington post" recently -- how does that play out in terms of candidates figuring out their strategy and carrying their message? guest: it plays out because this is one of the controversial aspects of our election system. we use an electoral college system which makes certain states very important, states where the candidates know the battle will be closely fought. other states become flight
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as well. tim pawlenty, 3%. jon huntsman, who has staked a lot of his campaign on winning new hampshire and had this big rollout with a lot of media coverage, only at 2% at this point. he is right there with herman cain and newt gingrich. surprising numbers there and very good numbers for mitt romney. we mentioned in that poll there, tim pawlenty, he also is not doing very well in that poll. he is hoping, obviously, to win iowa where is he staking all of his campaign and brought what is basically a pretty good political young gun on his squad, sarah huckabee sanders, the doubt of mike huckabee, who won the iowa caucuses back in 2008, she has joined his campaign. so you can say that tim pawlenty is looking for some huck luck. and sarah huckabee was a big part of the huckabee campaign and will be a big part of pawlenty's campaign. if pawlenty will do well in iowa, sarah huckabee will be a big bet to help him because right now, he needs all of the help he can get. >> jim acosta, thanks. your next political update in an hour. always get all of the political news 24/7 at cnn/politics.com. >>
. michele bachman, newt gingrich, rick santorum, where will they be? iowa. mitt romney and jon huntsman will be marching in the same parade in new hampshire. herman cain will be at philadelphia's hall. no holiday at all, as you said, for the presidential candidates, kyra. >>> speaking of the fourth of july, it seems a lot of americans need to go back to school. >> yeah, yeah. check this out. this is a national poll. they asked what year did the u.s. declare its independence? 58% got it right. nearly six in ten got it right. about one in four said they were unsure what year it was and 16% got it wrong. when you break down those numbers, older americans did better than younger americans when it comes to getting the date right, the year right, kyra. >> no surprise. it happens all the time, right? we talk about days in history, all of us make those mistakes a number of times. >>> we'll have an update in an hour. for all the latest news go to cnnpolitics.com. >>> all the intrigue for a holiday script. multi-million dollar wedding, rumors of a runaway bride, even a family curse. c cnn's monit
was at that parade? jon huntsman. he's running a little faster than romny, maybe that's because he's a little further down in the polls in new hampshire, and he has to greet more voters. >> yeah, he has to run harder and faster. >> it's still early, though. it's not just new hampshire. check out this map we made up here. we have a bunch of candy dates in iowa today. michele bachmann will be there marching in a parade. same parade will be rick santorum and newt gingrich. these states are the first states in the primary caucus. herm is at a tea party event in philadelphia. and he goes to new hampshire later today. >> thad mcconner also joined the race over the weekend. he's saying he wants to restructure government, it should be a big citizen run, not big government, but self-government. >> a lot of people don't know who he is, he's a congressman from michigan, five terms. he represents the western suburbs of detroit. he made it official at a freedom festival. besides being a five term congressman, can he play some guitar. take a listen. ♪ >> he's playing guitar there, not singing. he's the second pe
following overnight but democrats and republicans seem no closer to a deal. abc's jon karl is covering it from capitol hill. we are seeing fire from the house speaker. >> reporter: we sure are. this vote today on his debt ceiling plan is the highest-stakes vote of his term as speaker of the house, and he is doing everything he can to get those tea partyers in line. john boehner is now demanding republicans stand with their party. in a closed door meeting he had a stern message for tea partyers who just don't like his debt ceiling plan. boehner told them get your ass in line. sources at the meeting tell abc news, a day after another republican leader attempted to rally the troops with a clip from the movie "the town." >> i need your help. i can't tell you what it is. you can never ask me about it later and we're going to hurt some people. >> which car are we going to ta take? >> reporter: allen west liked what he heard. >> i told him i would drive the car. >> they could have used "rudy," "hoosiers," "band of brothers" but this is the movie they decided on. >> reporter: maybe they can us
-rights. >>> mime republican jon huntsman led a motorcycle ride through the salt lake valley this weekend. huntsman is focusing his early efforts on new hampshire. the former ambassador to china is touting his fiscal conservatism credentials. >>> democrats and republicans seemed to agree that the debt limit needs to be raised, but there was not much common ground about issues surrounding the federal budget ability the us economy. >> every leader sitting down with the president said we cannot default on america's debt. if we call into question the full faith and credit of the united states for the first time in your history, interest rates will go up and this recession will get worse. >> i don't have any confidence that anything that republican or democratic leaders is going to lead to the solutions. ill am looking for a win-win and a way to raise the debt ceil and we need to, but we need to address fundamentally what got us into debt. >> one issue now being discussed involves a balanced budget amendment to the us constitution. >>> memorial may be the final day of the minnesota's government shut
tim pawlenty and jon huntsman are barely hanging on. and newt gingrich's campaign is on life support. so is this it? or is michele bachmann emerging as the tea party's battering ram against the willard mitt romney? joining me now is richard wolfe and with me, editor at large for salon.com, joan walsh. let me ask you first. is the bachmann threat a real threat, richard? >> well, she is a threat herself to mitt romney. but i actually think the space that she represents is more of a threat. look, she needs to call donald trump to figure out how this movie ends. can you rise very quickly on this kind of platform and then you sink very quickly. but what she is showing and what trump showed before her is that there is space for a populist insurgeant type of tea party candidate who can capture the spirit driving the base here. i personally don't think it will be her. i think it is going to be someone like rick perry or sarah palin but she is peaking too early. the one thing you don't do is too early in the summer before. >> are they waiting joan for another tea party hero to come from the w
parades aren't hard to come by. in iowa, new hampshire, mitt romney and jon huntsman tripped over each other. romney jogged over to huntsman to quote welcome him to the granite state noting that new hampshire must be more pleasant than beijing. in iowa, newt gingrich trailed a turquoise convertible behind michele bachmann. the candidates talked to anyone who would listen. >> who's on the ground, we're going to spend a whole lot of time in the state winning the hearts and minds of the residents. >> i spent my life in the real economy. if i'm president, i won't be doing 70 rounds of golf, i won't be blaming somebody else for my problems. >> they messed up the debt ceiling. they messed up health care. they're trying to mess up cap and trade with tax and kill. we need more people who have had political experience. >> they look as though the cliff is too steep. i am here to say, the lord does not need many. he does not need the biggest. he does not need the brightest. he takes what he has. he takes who he calls and equips them and up they go. they take with courage, they take the outpost. t
, and jon huntsman, they all have governed states and have a record saying i helped with unemployment and this kind of thing. i am just trying to figure why -- you're trying to decide why you have a better chance to beat president obama, and i am trying to decide why you would think that given that they also have records? >> they have records and impressive records, but i don't remember their states being in the kind of condition new york city was in. i got elected on the campaign theme you can't do any worse, because we were in such bad shape. we were the crime capitol of america. we were supposed to be in decline and never come back again. "time" magazine wrote an article saying new york city's best days are behind it, and it's what they are writing about america now. we turned that around, and when i look at that as objectively as you can about yourself or the situation you're in, it seems to me that's roughly where the country is right now. >> you sound like do i have a better shot at it, you sound like you have made up your mind? >> i haven't. i have been here six times this year
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candidacy will be in serious trouble. >> ifill: if only to meet expectations. jon huntsmanç whoç hasn't been in the race very long comes in where. >> he's at $4.1 million but his campaign notes that about half of that came from his own pocket. he reached into his wealthy cofers and helped his campaign sport of get that seed money going. >> ifill: do we see a lot of that money coming out of people's own pockets. >> no. last time around mitt romney donated a lot of money to his campaign. he hasn't done any of that this time around. >> and tim pawlenty didn't meet expectations but we go somebody who has exceeded expectations perhaps because there weren'to)any. michele bachmann. >> they won't release their numbers until the july 15 dead line. we do know this. she has there 3 million in her congressional campaign account. that can roll over to a presidential campaign. for his last campaign for congress 2010 she raised $11 million, gwen. she is a proven prolific fund-raiser. >> herman cain the former pizza ceo he's actually raising some money. >> without a doubt. he has a little bit of a f
of our president." >>> former utah governor, jon huntsman was in the granite state. when asked if he agreed with romney's assessment, he skirted the issue, focusing on what he and his party can offer voters. >> some of your independence, some of you are unaffiliated. all i will say from the outset is take a look at where we've been, where we've been, where we stand, make an informed decision and come back and talk to us. if we can't get you at that point, we're doing something wrong. >> i didn't hear what they can offer the voters, did you, pat? >> i don't think it was in there. >>> former godfather's pizza ceo herman cane made a stop. he spoke with the "today" show to shore up his credentials. >> i'm already talking to national security people, former intelligence people, talking to former generals and people in the military to begin to develop ideas about how i would deal with the crises we're in. you don't need foreign policy to know who your friends and enemies are. you don't tell your enemy what your next move is. >> the candidates making the rounds. i'm curious about huntsman,
. paul, what do you have? >> reporter: let's talk -- start with jon huntsman. i guess call it 2.0. remember, he jumped into the race for the white house about a month or two ago? a lot of fan fare but not rising in the polls. in fact, not doing much at all in the polls. what do you do? i guess you shake things up if that is the case. changes campaign manager last week. now a newer maybe tougher jon huntsman on the campaign trill. heard it yesterday in new hampshire. aggressive going after president obama and aggressive going after mitt romney who is considered i guess right now in the early stages of this race the front-runner for the gop nomination. campaign aides to huntsman say expect to hear more of that. >>> george pataki, i guess we have to talk about him. three terms in the '90s and last decade as well as governor of new york. he is in new hampshire today and tomorrow. last week, in iowa. the first two states in the presidential primary and caucus calendars calendar. does this mean he is thinking about running for the white house? yeah, an adviser to him, a spokesman says
and jon huntsman met face to face. what did they say? >> it was a nice exchange, a nice greeting. wishing each other luck and being friends. that's the way that all the candidates on the republican side should be. >> reporter: halfway across the country in clear lake, iowa, two other candidates enjoyed the same parade though hardly the same crowds. >> hi there. happy fourth of july. >> reporter: the surging michele bachmann was surrounded by a sparkly throng of supporters and a new campaign bus. the fourth is a glorious day for all americans including candidates. for them, it may be a chance to take a break from their recent big obsession, cash. mitt romney expects to come in somewhere south of 20 million. tim pawlenty, jon huntman and ron paul all way south of that. around 4 million apiece. meanwhile, president obama could raise as much as 60 million, though he spent the day with men and women whose value is beyond priceless. >> i cannot think of anybody i would rather celebrate with than all of you, the men and women of our military and our extraordinary military families. >> reporter:
challenger jon huntsman. >> thanks for being here. >> reporter: romney works has been effectively running for president since his unsuccessful 2008 bid took aim at president obama, repeating his stance that the president has made the economy worse. it's a statement that's drawn criticism from the left and from independent fact-checkers. >> president obama did not cause the downturn, but he made the recession deeper and longer than it needed to be, and he has made the recovery anemic. >> reporter: huntsman said out of the fray focusing on making a name for himself just two weeks after officially entering the race. >> this is when people turn out and want to meet some of the early candidates. want to shake your hand and begin to understand what you're all about so this was a must hit opportunity for us. >> reporter: in clear lake, iowa, two other republicans shared the same parade route, newt gingrich and michele bachmann, courting the same key part of the state for conservatives. >> bachmann for president. >> reporter: bachmann has been spending time in iowa after officially kicking off he
that cnn had last month. >> jon huntsman keeping up his attacks on mitt romney. you have been following this back and forth. >> reporter: today, where is mitt romney? new hampshire. the state with the first primary in the nation. are we going to hear him respond to huntsman who is attacking romney over creating jobs and huntsman saying romney not doing a good job when he was governor. they say mitt romney will continue his attacks not on any other of the republicans running for president but like a laser going after president barack obama. looks like romney is trying to run that general election campaign. today i think you'll hear mitt romney talk about the debt ceiling. criticized lately not talking enough about the negotiations so we will keep our eyes on him as well today. >> paul, thanks. your next political update in an hour. always get all of the political news 24/7 at cnn/politics.com. >>> the u.s. women's soccer team is one win away from hoisting the world cup. they are going to actually face japan sunday in the championship after 3-1 win yesterday against france and of course z
later, we'll get the latest on the case with america's most wanted correspondent jon leiberman. general david petraeus making predictions on the future of the war in afghanistan. he takes over the c.i.a. in september and expects the taliban surge and that could mean an al-qaida resurgence. >> that task has been accomplished but, of course, it is threatened because, of course, the taliban allowed al-qaida on afghan soil when it ran the country. and we believe that there's a high likelihood that would happen again. >> petraeus also expects the u.s. to shift its focus from taliban strong holds in the south to the mountainous border with pakistan. the comments come weeks after president obama announced plans to withdraw more than 30,000 troops by the end of next year. an explosive show over the national mall, revelers got to enjoy this display in what better place, the nation's capital. the celebrations weren't just here in america. over in afghanistan, the marines chowed down on some delicious barbecue. that is it look good. >> almost like famous dave's. almost, yeah. almost. >> like fam
this weekend. former utah governor jon huntsman barn stormed in new hampshire, which hosts the nation's first primary. minnesota representative michele bachmann was out in full force in iowa, six weeks ahead of the state's straw poll. she is running neck and neck with presumed front runner mitt romney, according to a recent state poll, and this weekend she tried to build on that momentum. lesser known candidate businessman herman cain, also tried to shore up support in the hawk why state, stumping at a godfather pizza, the company he used to run. the seoul african-american gop candidate recently released this video touting his tea party credentials. >> i was in a tea party before it was cool. >> reporter: in ohio over the weekend, cain said he's gaining traction. >> if you average out all of the polls that i'm in third place behind mitt romney and michele bachmann, and they have twice the name id, i think i have the ball because as my name iid spreads, i have nowhere to go but up. >> even former president bill clinton is weighing in saying he likes jon huntsman. he believes he's authentic. he
, after the media hype, it didn't work. it's passed away. >> we go from jon huntsman to tim pawlenty, a very nice guy, successful minnesota governor. yet the iowa poll that came out suggests tim pawlenty is in big trouble. >> he can't great through. he's on the sunday shows, making speeches at cfr, but he hovers around the 9% margin. if he doesn't make a move quickly, he better watch it. >> a cautionary note on pawlenty. he's been in iowa working for i don't know how long. he's got to be organized for the iowa straw polls in august. i think he's got to outperform whatever present number he has. michele bachmann has been in there three weeks. you have to organize the state and the community. he's probably been in all 99 counties. he might have a surprise showing in the iowa aim straw poll. unless he does, he's in, what was it, deep doo-doo. >> one way to look at it. >> do we arrive at a point where republican candidates -- >> that's the big question. to what degree is this base going to go with anybody but barack? i think romney will prove that out. the race is so unsettled at this po
-reduction legislation today. let's hear from milton, florida, waiting for president obama. this is jon on our independents line. caller: hello. i am disabled, and i am in a drug program. people are peeing dirty in the program and tax payers are paying for this. but ok, it is not fair to the ones that are trying. they're clean and in doing right. another thing is ssi. people do not pay into ssi. they never work. and they never paid into it. nine times out of tin, there drug users. they use their money for drugs. host: all right. we will let you go there. kentucky, james. what is the name of your city? caller: i live in hillview, a suburb of louisville, ky. host: all right, what is the way forward here? the house has stalled and the senate this waiting. caller: it is simple. if we had a president like truman or like clinton, he would not hesitate in an emergency like this to use the 14th amendment. that is what if it is therefore, for emergencies. this country is in an emergency now. if we default, it'll be the president's fault for not having the guts to use the 14th amendment to solve this pr
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